That Takes The Cake: Gingerbread Monolith Mysteriously Appears In San Francisco

It could have been alien elves. There was no other immediate explanation for a seven-foot-tall gingerbread monolith that mysteriously popped up in a San Francisco park.

It’s not clear how edible the structure was, but witnesses reported the texture and smell of the monolith panels seemed to be the real thing — and it was decorated with frosting.

The monolith appeared early Christmas Day — on a hilltop in Corona Heights Park overlooking the Castro neighborhood. Its debut was highlighted by a rainbow.

Ananda Sharma, founder of the Gyroscope App, told local KQED public radio that he went for a run in the park early Friday and soon spotted what he initially thought was a “big post.” But as he ran closer, he could smell the gingerbread. 

The structure was the latest in a series of monoliths that have appeared — and disappeared — from Utah to Romania. The San Francisco version appears to be the first made of a Christmas treat.

Neighbors and even city officials enjoyed it. 

Informed by KQED News about the new monolith, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg responded: “Wow. Even makes a Jewish parks director smile.”

Ginsburg said there were no immediate plans to remove the monolith, and it could stay — at least for the time being.

“Looks like a great spot to get baked,” Ginsburg quipped in his Best Coast style. “We will leave it up until the cookie crumbles.” He added: “We all deserve a little bit of magic right now.”

“I just thought it was hilarious,” said Raemond Bergstrom-Wood, a neighbor.

Jeffrey Tumlin, director of Transportation of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, called the “expertly-iced” monolith the “perfect act of SF 2020 defiance.”

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